Friday, April 28, 2017

House Build Progress: Walls, 2nd Floor and More

A lot has happened since my last update on the construction of our new farmhouse! We are LOVING seeing the progression of the build and are getting so excited about all our plans and dreams for our little homestead.

For one, the second floor framing has been completed and sheathing has been placed on the roof rafters and on the exterior. It has also been wrapped for protection and the subfloor is completed.

An oblique view of the rear elevation of the house

The "great room"--where the fireplace will be

Having all the framing complete makes it so much easier to envision actual room sizes and the feel with the light from the windows and traffic flow.

Since we don't really have a true "open" floor plan, having a living room that is two-stories high gives it a larger, more open feel and I love that. (Even if my husband thinks it's a waste of space!)

View of second floor framing from our bonus room facing west

View of the girls' bedroom and bathroom

Peeking into the kitchen facing south

They had to move the casement windows in the kitchen down a few inches (as much as they could) because I am fairly short and I couldn't see very well out of them. I wish they could have lowered them further but now according to code windows have to be higher due to required outlets that have to sit at the sink in between the counter and the windows, or something like that. They joked that the builder can make me a little pull-out stool under the sink cabinets to stand on and see better out those windows :)

Our front door, unstained

Another huge change is the installation of the windows and doors! We chose an all-wood DSA Mastercraft front door with four-lights-over-one-panel and matching sidelights and a transom of five lights. We plan to stain this door with a walnut colored stain. I am planning to devote an entire post to the windows soon, but I'll briefly describe them here: we chose a JELD-WEN all wood double-hung window, two-over-two sash that has an aluminum-clad exterior in dark bronze. The windows will be trimmed out and painted white on the interior.

The back French doors with transom leading to the screened porch are a Plastipro fiberglass, six-lights-over-one-panel that will be painted. I'm think I'm going to go with a dark grey or charcoal color for these. Already we know that our favorite room in this house is probably going to be this glorious screened porch.

The only other door is our laundry door leading to the screened porch which is just a simple steel door with one light in the upper half. Nothing fancy for that one.

Laundry room

Next week we are meeting the electrician and pretty soon we have to pick out all our flooring! Light fixtures too. So many decisions to make! It's starting to get a little overwhelming :)

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Favorite Treats for Backyard Chickens

I will admit it--my chickens are spoiled. They get let out of their pen to free range AND they get plenty of treats. It's gotten to where they associate me coming out of the house with them getting treats, so now I just open the back door and they automatically come running, ha!

A lot of times the treats are just leftovers of things we aren't going to eat anyway, but the chickies DEVOUR them. My always rooster acts like HE found the treats for the hens and calls them over with his "I found food" call.

They definitely have some favorites that I thought I'd share with you in case you are in need of treat ideas for your flock:

1. Shredded Cheese

2. Grapes

3. Any type of leftovers with a lot of grains/rice/bread

4. Blueberries or other berries

5. oatmeal leftovers

6. scrambled egg leftovers

7. large pieces of cut up pumpkin or large squash

8. cabbage and leftover greens

9. leftover corn on cob

10. leftover watermelon

11. Cherry tomatoes

What are your flock's favorite treats?

Monday, April 3, 2017

House Build Progress: Framing

We pulled onto the property the other night and couldn't believe our eyes. The last progress we had seen on the house was the subfloor and now all of a sudden WE HAVE FRAMING AND WALLS!!

The house's fa├žade (east elevation)

Southeast corner of the house--you can see the south elevation is where the kitchen will be

north and west elevations of the house--you can see the screened porch is framed!

The first floor is fairly complete and it won't be long until the second floor is completed--the girls will love seeing where their room will be! The footprint of the house is pretty basic with a minimal number of corners, projections, or other variations. We did this mostly to save on cost.  It's crazy how fast it went up and it's great to be able to physically walk into the rooms, feel their size and experience the spatial relationships to other rooms. It makes it all so real!

The "great room" facing where the fireplace will go

The view from our front porch!
 The photo below is a view standing in the "great room" looking towards the rear of the house where the screened porch is, and where a pair of French doors will be flanked by windows.

For one, I CANNOT believe how large our master bathroom is compared to what we have now--it is going to feel palatial to us when we move in. And all the closets are going to be divine. Yay for more storage!

looking into the master bath with a walk-in closet on the left

standing in the master bath looking through all the way to the master bedroom

Below is a photo of the kitchen space. I'm so excited to design our farmhouse kitchen and even more excited that it will overlook our vegetable garden and fruit trees to the south of the house.

the kitchen space, facing south

The screened porch framing is up as well and even the stairs--we are so looking forward to being able to walk around the second floor once it is framed out.

I love the photo below because it captures all the rooms on the south side of the house before the walls divide them--standing in the laundry room, you can see all the way through the framed out pantry, kitchen, and finally dining room.

Perhaps the most incredible thing to see (for me) was the window and door openings. I love seeing how wonderful the windows are going to be (I LOVE lots of light!) and getting a feel for the amount of light that will be in certain rooms.

And finally, the view from our screened porch at the rear--we won't ever get tired of this peaceful, beautiful sight!

That's all the updates for now--have a wonderful week and happy Spring :)

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